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Flying Horses

by Robert Minden & Carla Hallett

Robert Minden & Carla Hallett, the quixotic duo, perfoming on an improbable ensemble of blown glass bottles, musical saws, waterphone and French horn. "pure sound"
Genre: Avant Garde: Classical Avant-Garde
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“Flying Horses,” a waltzing reverie by Robert Minden & Carla Hallett remembers summer days of childhood riding astride a wildly painted carousel horse.

Sixty-nine blown glass bottles create an ensemble of breathy physical sound. With astonishing intonation, the bottle choir creates an almost creaturely presence. Then, floating seemingly effortlessly above soars a musical saw, (actually there are two - a high tenor and a low baritone) singing a mellifluous duet, evoking an other-worldly feel. And just when you think how cool it is to hear music made with curious things, a lonely call from a classic French horn sounds, out of the blue. The music ends with a surprising glissando from a waterphone, perhaps alluding to the impossible escape of flying horses from a gently slowing carousel.

recorded by Don Harder, CBC Studio One, Vancouver
mixed and mastered by Jeff Wolpert, Desert Fish Studios, Toronto
Composed by Robert Minden
Performed by Carla Hallett & Robert Minden
Otter Bay (Socan) 2018
Cover art by Nancy Walker

sublime listening in headphones.
this is what you are hearing:

69 assorted glass bottles tuned with water including:
7 glass cider jugs - 1 US gallon (3.78L)
4 glass vinegar jugs - 2L
7 glass vintage Kulmbacher brown beer bottles 16 oz. porcelain swing top resealable cap with rubber gasket, 9½ in. tall
11 glass vintage Grolsch embossed green beer bottles 16 oz. porcelain swing top resealable cap with rubber gasket. 9½ in. tall
8 glass vintage TŶ NANT blue carbonated spring water bottles 11 oz./330 ml.
(in 2 sets of 4 bottles each)
1 glass wine bottle - Robert Mondavi 750 ml.
1 glass miniature whisky bottle - Canadian Club 50 ml.
10 glass miniature sherry bottles - Nutty Solera Gonzalez Byass Jerez 50 ml.
14 glass miniature sherry bottles - Tio Pepe Gonzalez Byass Jerez 50ml.
(in 2 sets of 7 bottles each)
6 glass miniature maple syrup bottles 1.7 fl. oz.
from "The Conservatory" restaurant in the Mayflower Hotel, New York City

1 musical saw (tenor) Mussehl & Westphal
1 musical saw (baritone) Sandvik Stradivarius
1 plastic vacuum cleaner hose (6 ft. length) -vocals
1 French horn Paxman F/Bb double horn medium bore, rose brass, unlacquered
1 waterphone (standard) vintage - Richard Waters

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